Bonnamy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The earliest origins of the Bonnamy surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a loyal person. The surname Bonnamy is derived from the Old French phrase bon ami, which literally means good friend.
Early Origins of the Bonnamy family
The surname Bonnamy was first found in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Important Dates for the Bonnamy family
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Bonnamy Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Bonnamy are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bonnamy include: Bonamy, Bonami, Bonamie, Bonamee, Bonammy and others.
Early Notables of the Bonnamy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bonnamy family
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bonnamy or a variant listed above: a number of settlers who arrived in the New World by the 19th century.
Contemporary Notables of the name Bonnamy (post 1700)
- Charles Auguste Jean-Baptiste Louis-Joseph Bonnamy de Bellefontaine, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 
- ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) Charles Bonnamy. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html